Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, reported that “Traumatic events in childhood have been linked in previous studies to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, riskier health behaviors like smoking and drug use, and decreased life expectancy.”
In this new study, they also reported that people with neurologic conditions like stroke, headache, and epilepsy were more likely to have experienced abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction as children. The study can’t prove that these experiences cause neurologic conditions, only that the two appear associated, according to the report which was published in the journal Neurology.
But it is quite stunning to find that those with high scores on an early childhood trauma questionnaire were:
Depression and anxiety scores were also elevated in many patients, the researchers noted.
These findings suggest that people with adverse childhood experiences may benefit from an appropriate referral to social work and behavioral health resources to reduce their need for health care and to improve their overall health.
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